Director Irvin S. “Shorty” Yeaworth Jr., best known for helming 1958 sci-fi cult pic “The Blob,” died in a car accident July 19 in Amman, Jordan. He was 78.
Besides “The Blob,” he directed sci-fiers “4D Man” and “Dinosaurus!,” both for “Blob” producer Jack H. Harris.
Born in Berlin, Yeaworth performed on radio as a boy in Pennsylvania. After his brief stint as a sci-fi director, he and turned to making religious programming, including television specials for Billy Graham.
Yeaworth had been working for the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority for the past five years, planning an entertainment complex in Jordan. Jordanian Experience at the Aqaba Gateway, which will teach regional history through artifacts, was scheduled to open in August.
As a part of his interest in Jordanian history, Yeaworth founded Communication Strategies, where he was involved in exhibitions at various world’s fairs and the renovation of the Royal Automobile Museum of King Hussein in Amman.
Yeaworth was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
He is survived by wife Jean, five children, 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assn. or Samaritan’s Purse.